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Thread: Is this D. scorpioides gemmae & should I force them off if they don't want to come?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    Those are, and still are, gemmae which at this point should be removed; the plant has begun developing typical leaves again from the center meristem which is what is supposed to happen once gemmae production is over.
    Right on! I am MORE than happy to add a few more gemmae plants to this pot! The only shame is that this pot is a short one. With how pygmy drosera like to have long roots and I would imagine especially the larger D. scorpioides, I should pot up the gemmae in something longer.
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    The gemmae came off today with a little pull back away from the plant and they flew off like popping popcorn kernels!

    I was able to get 8 gemmae off the plant and they look to be in great shape and I am very confident I will have 8 more D. scorpioides growing in my collection and will have a nice amount of gemmae this fall!

    Thanks again to all that helped me in this thread! Especially you @hcarlton!

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    If you leave the gemmae in place they just die on the vine, as it were, and the plant grows normally. After all there is no one in the wild that comes along to remove left overs other than the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    If you leave the gemmae in place they just die on the vine, as it were, and the plant grows normally. After all there is no one in the wild that comes along to remove left overs other than the rain.
    haha true that! I am curious if we have footage anywhere of gemmae distribution happening in nature. Could be a neat thing to put on my videography bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    If you leave the gemmae in place they just die on the vine, as it were, and the plant grows normally. After all there is no one in the wild that comes along to remove left overs other than the rain.
    Perhaps, but according to Lowrie's accounts plants whose gemmae have not all been removed can be at risk of rot when the gemmae die and begin to decompose.
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